Forbes town and district is situated along the Lachlan River, in the heart of the Lachlan Valley. The area is located approximately 360 kilometres west of Sydney. The township was founded in 1817 by explorer John Oxley.
It is thought that the town was named after Sir Francis Forbes who was the first Chief Justice of NSW. Notorious bushranger Ben Hall and his gang left a marked impression on Forbes’ history.
The district is the centre of one of the richest primary producing areas of the State. Many unique features make the town appealing to visitors, including the tranquillity of Lake Forbes and the parklands through to the historic buildings and landmarks of the town.
Fantastic attractions such as the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes Historical Society Museum, National Trust listed Historic Cemetery, Native Wildlife Sanctuary Gum Swamp / Bird Hide, Sandhill’s Vineyard, Chislett’s Winery and Ruby’s Alpaca Stud.